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I noticed a jump in the price of bitcoin -- this must be the explanation.
 
Greeks are turning to Bitcoin as the money runs out
Bitcoin could be one answer to restricted cashflow in Greece, according to a report by Al Jazeera.
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I was expecting a spoke because of that, but another article claims there are other reasons because the Greeks don't have enough access to their own money to buy enough BitCoin to make a difference.

But I say, it's at least contributing to it.
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I got some sarcastic comments from The Register about offering a print version of the huge IPR report when a free PDF was available to download, so it must be the right thing to do!  

The printed book looks good (that cover photo is of the blinds in my kitchen).  Any net proceeds will be donated to a charity nominated by David Anderson.
 
My print copy of A Question Of Trust by David Anderson just arrived from Lulu - far better than a PDF! http://wmk.me/1LdOgzZ
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A tip of the hat to Depeche Mode!  "It's a question of trust, it's a question of lust, it's a question of not letting what we've built up crumble to dust" indeed.
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I took the Open Government License at face value and made a no-profit Lulu version of the report, which is really far too long to read as a PDF.
 
We're making the Terror Watchdog's report available for print order (it's available under the OGLv3 after all)
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Swift being open source is just marketing if it only really lets you write iOS and OSX apps
Apple says it will open-source the Swift language, but the issue of software freedom lingers
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C++ is a dog's breakfast.
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At breakfast, this poppy demanded a portrait.
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Yep, liked the photo so much it had to get in on the act.
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Open source and open standards achieve this long-term accessibility by eliminating the proprietary lock-in that is intended by the vendors behind it to increase revenue but has the unwanted effect of obsoleting superceded formats, software and platforms. That's why Microsoft, for all their claims of new-found love of open source, still lobbies against it in private - see http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/22/microsoft-faces-claims-it-threatened-mps-with-job-cuts-in-constituencies for example.
 
The combination of open source and open standards ensures long-term preservation of electronic records and prevents IT vendor lock-in, says Luciano Ammenti, head of the IT department at the Vatican Library (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana) in Vatican City.
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I wonder what lobbying they have tried. "we'll cut jobs in your constituency" doesn't quite work" ;-)
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While the SFLC amicus brief suggests this is the correct outcome, I feel that the obviously wrong Federal Circuit judgement should not have been allowed to stand as it is bound to be used as part of a blackmail attempt against developers somewhere. 

SFLC's amicus supporting Oracle's win is here: https://www.softwarefreedom.org/resources/2014/google_v_oracle-sflc_cert_amicus.html
 
Sad day for developers: SCOTUS denies Google's appeal on APIs
Supreme Court's decision is bad news for developers targeting the U.S. market, who will now have to avoid any API not explicitly licensed as open
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+Simon Phipps Well said. I'm going to quote you on my piece on this mess. 
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This article debunking their Snowden story explains clearly why The Sunday Times owes us a serious explanation
Let's start with this. Soon after Daniel Ellsberg was revealed as the source behind the Pentagon Papers, White House officials started spreading rumors that Ellsberg was actually a Soviet spy and that he'd passed on important secrets to the...
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OK, Didn't follow WWDC.
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How do you fancy using Facebook as your key-server?
 
Facebook will now encrypt e-mail it sends you using your PGP key if you ask http://wmk.me/1I0uH06
It's very important to us that the people who use Facebook feel safe and can trust that their connection to Facebook is secure; for instance this is why we run connections to our site over HTTPS with HSTS and why we provide a Tor onion site for people who want to enjoy security guarantees beyond ...
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+Jeremiah Foster
 HSM in the Cloud is good for companies to secure the credentials of the services they deploy. This is more secure and more useful than storing them in plain text files on servers in the cloud infrastructure deployed at Amazon and other providers. So yes, it's a good thing.

That doesn't mean I'd trust it with my personal credentials. I don't keep any credentials in the cloud unless I'm forced to; but if a service that stores credentials for users is not using an HSM, then it's not a service you want to be using.

FWIW, OpenStack is doing a similar service called Barbican.
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Please support this petition for protection of UK citizens' digital rights.

There are several parts of the Queen's Speech that cause me grave concern, but the return of the Snoopers' Charter is very worrying, especially the absence from the description of any principles by which it can be safeguarded; the missing "while safeguarding every citizens' privacy" is telling.

The police and security services need enough powers to keep us safe, but all the proposals to date set no realistic boundaries and leave them to make their own rules in practical reality. With no Golden Rules and no public accountability, we can expect to see an endless creep in the scope of surveillance, Internet tracking and no-recourse interventions.

Please join me in an expression of concern by signing this +Open Rights Group petition, and perhaps by becoming a £5/month subscriber to keep ORG's important work going (I am a voluntary director of ORG). We apply technical know-how to policy proposals and provide positive criticism to make things better for everyone in Britain.
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In an hour, Stephen Pair, Matias Alejo Garcia - Copay (https://copay.io) will be interviewed by +Randal L. Schwartz and +Simon Phipps.  Watch/chat at http://live.twit.tv/.
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Director of open source consulting at Wipro, president at the Open Source Initiative and a director at the Open Rights Group; writer, speaker and consultant on digital liberty, especially open source policy and practice.
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  • Wipro Technologies
    Director, 2015 - present
  • Meshed Insights Ltd
    Director, 2013 - present
  • Meshed Insights & Knowledge
    Independent Consultant, 2011 - 2013
  • ForgeRock
    Chief Strategy Officer, 2010 - 2011
  • Sun Microsystems
    Chief Open Source Officer, 2000 - 2010
  • IBM
    Chief Java Evangelist, 1995 - 2000
  • IBM
    Conferencing Systems, 1990 - 1995
  • Unisys
    BTOS/CTOS Specialist, 1987 - 1990
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    Medium Systems Specialist, 1982 - 1987
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Microsoft Outlook Preview
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La aplicación oficial de Microsoft Outlook para teléfonos con sistema Android y tabletas. Outlook es una aplicación gratuita de correo elect

LibreOffice Viewer Beta
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LibreOffice is the world's most popular Open Source office app - and now it's on Android.This app is in active development, and not yet stab

VNC® Viewer for Google Chrome™
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Connects to your computers anywhere in the world and lets you take control.

SomaPlayer
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Listen to SomaFM web radio stations from your browser and scrobble tracks to your Last.fm account.

No, Citrix did not kill CloudStack
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CloudStack's lifeblood is its user community, so the Citrix shakeup is much ado about nothing

SAP embraces opens source -- sort of
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Years of slow change are finally leading to new openness at SAP, at least in connection with SAP HANA

The Internet's Own Boy
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Available Same Day as Theaters. A dynamic and tragic portrait of the life of Reddit co-founder and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, a champion

App.net's open source failure
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The company's business model put up too many barriers, and it's hard to compete without flexibility for all

Stop laying the blame for Heartbleed on open source
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Security experts acknowledge that open source is the best model for crypto, so how do we drive improvements to the model for creating securi

Sony and Google gang up for an illegal video takedown
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Sony's drive-by copyright takedown illustrates the harm old business models can do to new approaches like open source

As She Is
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This film project is about a personal and collective journey towards wholeness...to reclaim, value and live the feminine aspect of ourselves

Microsoft opens .Net but misses the point with mobile
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Unprecedented change continues to flow from Microsoft. But does the company really 'get it'?

Supreme Court set for landmark decision -- good or bad -- on software pa...
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The Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank case has reached the Supreme Court, and expectations run high that we may finally get clarity on the legality of

Open document standards will cure Apple's bit rot
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Apple's iWork update won't let you access documents created as little as five years ago. The solution is obvious

Meshed Insights Ltd
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Expertise in open source and digital liberties.

5 bitcoin exchanges you can use right now
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Mt. Gox's failure might have grabbed the headlines, but reputable bitcoin exchanges remain up and running and ready for business

2014 is the year of the Linux desktop
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Linux has unexpectedly made it to the desktop through mobile and cloud, but the unintended consequences are troubling

My great bitcoin adventure: 6 months, 5 exchanges
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Bitcoin's open source foundation is sound, but Bitstamp, CEX.IO, Coinbase, Kraken, Mt. Gox exchanges are uneven at best

Open Source Initiative, Free Software Foundation unite against software ...
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In rare joint move, OSI and FSF come together to file a U.S. Supreme Court briefing

A Soviet-era hotel with clinical interiors and minimal service. Don't be deceived by the suggestion it has a "restaurant open until 10pm" - it was closed, and the staff were reluctant to help with anything much. When we ordered take out for our party in the absence of any service, the hotel staff tut-tutted us into a side room. Compared with other hotels in Ukraine this was expensive and unfriendly and I'd not stay here again.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Great meal. Ideal portions of well-considered ingredient combinations. Excellent salads, lovely hangar steak. Dessert was good. The wine list was priced high and hard to scan because it is only available on an iPad, but we did discover a less-known Italian gem buried deep within. Overall an excellent meal.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Great coffee in comfortable, relaxed surroundings with friendly staff.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Tired, once grand hotel that manages to disappoint at every turn. Public areas are the best bits, but have the welcome of a station waiting room. Clientele appears to be dominated by coach parties, functions and the like. It was the conference hotel for an event I was attending, for example. Check-in staff were inexperienced and quite hard to deal with and seemed to expect advance payment. We stayed two nights in a small, hot, dirty room on the 5th floor with a badly maintained bathroom. [We note from the hotel history that the 5th & 6th floors were recently restored from a derelict state so it's possible lower rooms are better]. High hot water pressure and low cold water pressure made it almost impossible to shower without freezing or scalding. Carpet dirty and stained. Bed old, noisy and uncomfortable with inadequate linens. No air conditioning, dirty windows hard to open & no airflow. Curtains a poor fit. Room was not properly cleaned each day - towels on floor not changed, floor not cleaned, bed made over pyjamas etc etc. Huge queue for breakfast, which was typical greasy spoon fare from a buffet with tea served by friendly staff. Bars noisy with generic drinks only. Cash only, no room-charge or credit cards. At check-out, extra charge to pay by credit card! Turns out check-in did not record our car was parked in the (distant, expensive-for-open-air-on-street-insecure) car park so we had risked being ticketed. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.
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Atmosphere: Poor - FairDecor: Poor - FairService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Expensive, better than some, still not the best. An unpretentious Parisian bar/brasserie more favoured by locals than the other tourist traps nearby. There was a good selection of food and drink which we generally enjoyed. Expensive for what we got though, and the restaurant does not make good its errors. For example, my wife's Tarte Tatin was burnt black, yet the waiter just shrugged it off when we pointed it out and made no attempt to address the problem or discount the bill. There are better options locally and you may prefer to choose them.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
This busy patisserie/boulangerie has a homely tea-room attached to it. We visited on a wet Saturday afternoon and had brunch - juice, bread, a croissant, coffee and a large egg-and-bacon roll served with salad and frites. Reasonable comfort food, needed more staff for the number of customers though.
Quality: GoodAppeal: GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Comfortable boutique hotel and gastro-pub in pretty location, slightly pricey but good for a short stay. We stayed two nights at this Inn, and enjoyed our stay. Our room was on the first-floor with a four-poster bed and a view out across Swaledale - very nice. The room was spacious, clean and elegant but lacked furniture - it really needed a comfy chair in which to relax plus a bigger wardrobe and a desk. The shower room was clean, comfortable and good - a great shower, good Molton-Brown toiletries and plenty of hot water. There was a kettle and supplies (good cookies!) and a tiny wall-mounted TV. The room was over the bar so noise persisted until after closing time (the staff unwind after closing). The hotel is located in Low Row, a village located a few miles west of Reeth and with good footpath access both to the fells and the river walks. All the beauty of Swaledale is within easy reach. We ate at the restaurant once. It's popular and busy and you will definitely need to make a reservation - preferably before you arrive if you want a choice of when you eat. The food was good but not exceptional and we (and other guests on both nights) found supplies of several dishes on the menu were restricted. The range of beers was OK with four real-ale hand-pumps and eight taps. The wine list was pub-scope so not huge and featured young wines. Prices for both the room and the food were mid-range for the area and seemed a little high for the actual facilities and quality. But we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend the place for a one or two night stay.
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Quality: Very GoodFacilities: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago